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Expectations. 

 Before pregnancy most things are about you and only you, what you eat, what you wear, how you sleep, the music you listen to, everything. During pregnancy your focus switches to the little peanut growing day by day. Then, one day, your bundle of joy is born! It’s all so exciting and new. Your entire life is flipped upside down with love. All of your time and energy is spent caring for and ogling your beautiful babe. 

Before my first pregnancy I was not a gym rat like I am today. I was pretty young, 20 to be exact, when my first son, Tyrus, was born. My second kiddo was born January of 2015, so I’m a smidge older ?.  I had been extremely into CrossFit before my second pregnancy but wasn’t able to keep up during because of dizziness and nausea. So, this time I had expectations for my post baby bod. Let’s just say that didn’t pan out very well. I was able to begin working out again around 12 weeks (because of c-section) and that’s when the real frustration began. I had all of these expectations for my body and what it should be able to do and what actually happened was nowhere near what I had in mind. I felt pathetic and so out of shape. It took me a long time to feel comfortable at the gym. I think Cy was around 16 months when I finally felt like I was making progress in my strength. Fast forward to today, Cy is almost 2 and I’m stronger than ever. As soon as my absurd expectations left the picture, my mind was able to fully focus and the results followed. 

Here’s a few things that have helped me. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Talk about it, choose someone to vent to about your thoughts and feelings

Treat yourself to new workout clothes, find comfortable pieces that make you feel confident 

Prepare Prepare Prepare, research lifts/movements and create a routine you will want to stick to

I know I can’t be the only one who’s felt this way and I just want to share my thoughts with anyone who might be struggling with the same issues. Trust the process and let your body sort of start from scratch. Don’t compare yourself to anyone and that includes your past self. Our bodies are so incredible and capable of anything, it’s our thoughts that limit us. Don’t let your expectations hold you back! ?

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